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Cleaning up City Squares in Democratic Spain

By Pablo Ouziel

Friday, May 27, 2011

On Friday the 27th of May, five days after an overwhelming victory by centre-right political parties in the local and regional elections across Spain, the country woke up to the bitter reality of how nonviolent movements calling for economic democracy, political justice and peace are going to be dealt with by the country’s police forces in this new era of right-wing political dominance.

Just twenty-four hours after Spain’s largest telecom company, Telefonica, announced a new round of layoffs affecting 8500 people, 25% of the work force, and as the G8 is meeting in Deauville, France, to discuss amongst other things the discontent sweeping across Europe, the Catalan police force – the Mossos d’Esquadra – following orders from the Town Hall’s new Catalan Nationalist Party (CiU) government, surrounded the nonviolent citizens camped at the Plaza Cataluña in Barcelona’s city centre. Armed with full riot gear, batons and machine-guns with rubber bullets, the police kettled in the protestors, making it impossible for them to leave or others to enter.

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As soon as the police surrounded the crowds and the news aired on local television stations and radios, citizens from across the city began to leave their work places and made their way to the square in order to show their solidarity with those being harassed by the police. The scene they encountered resembled one of Gandhi’s legendary acts of civil disobedience – the demonstrators sitting on the floor, in silence, with their legs crossed and hands up in the air; symbolizing their defiance to the oppressive and brutal nature of this unannounced police action.

http://www.zcommunications.org/cleaning-up-city-squares-in-democratic-spain-by-pablo-ouziel

 

 


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Spain's 'los indignados' are outraged over economic stagnation. The banner reads "Let's go to the square". [REUTERS]


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Understanding ‘Spanishrevolution’

Pedro Silverio Moreno,

23 May 2011

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Within Spain, the organization of these camps is striking: they work like small kibbutzim where everybody shares what they have and where the decisions are adopted by consensual agreement. Their posters carry slogans as imaginative as those from May ‘68 in Paris: “Our dreams are too big for their polls”, “I think, therefore I disturb”, “No house, no job, no retirement, no fear”, “Take the street”, “Read more”, “I am not against the system, the system is against me”, “Your booty, my crack” (Botín, the family name of the owner of the Santander Bank, the biggest Spanish bank and one of the biggest all over the world, means ‘booty’ in Spanish). Reading the slogans, you will find few complaints lodged about particular political leaders as one might have expected. Instead, people are focused on the lack of participation in decision-making processes and market tyranny over the entire political class. These protesters are by no means apolitical: they like to refer to themselves as ‘superpolitical’. The call that went out to people voting on Sunday was against abstention, explaining the differences between blank votes and null votes. Fortunately, participation in the elections has risen: an estimated 65 percent of the nation's 34 million eligible voters cast their votes in Sunday's polls.

http://www.opendemocracy.net/pedro-silverio-moreno/understanding-%E2%80%98spanishrevolution%E2%80%99


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Dick Nichols, from the Green Left Weekly European bureau, reports from the scene at Plaza Catalonia.

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Somewhere in this city lives a group of brutal numbskulls called the “government of Catalonia”.

On Thursday, May 26, these people decide that it is time to “clean up” Plaza Catalonia, the big square in the centre of Barcelona where the “indignants” of the #spanishrevolution and Real Democracy Now movement have pitched tents, installed webcams and planted veggie patches.

Early the next day, we awake to the thump-thump of the police helicopter as their operations begin.

It is 6.45am, and 100 police have entered the camp to explain to the disconcerted “indignants” that they had come to clean up the area “for reasons of public health”: the protestors have to leave the area. The protestors refuse, but offer nicely to help with any clean-up.

The police then surround the camp with a double cordon to prevent the support that the protestors had called from entering.

At this point there are 300 campers inside the square, who watch on while council workers started to dismantle the entire camp, taking away everything.

As support arrives it began to surround the outer police cordon, which tries to force people back to the outer edges of the square. When people link arms to oppose passive resistance to this operation, the police begin to attack with truncheons.

The passive resistance continues, and the police attacks intensify, even as the protestors keep up the chant: “We won’t move from Plaza Catalonia.”

The police next try to open space for the council trucks to leave the square, but it keeps filling up with protestors sitting down before the trucks.

The police attacks intensify, especially after 10.15am, when reinforcements arrive to force a way out for the trucks. All this is televised live.

The council trucks finally manage to get out around 11am, and a tense calm returns.

Mission accomplished, so it would seem. Felip Puig, the Catalan interior minister appears before the media to explain that he had reluctantly to bring in 300 riot police to protect Barcelona’s decent garbos from assault by violent weirdo protestors.

For a short time, the square seems to re-open to normal business (tourists taking photos and buying schlock).

Slight hiccup, however. No-one in the Catalan government seems to have heard of things called “Facebook” or “Twitter” (or maybe they think such things only work in Cairo).

Over the next hour supporters of the camp pour in from around Barcelona, so that by 1pm the police can no longer hold the square. They begin to retreat before a crowd now numbered at over 2000 and finally abandon the square.

Next, at 2.30pm, in solidarity with Plaza Catalonia, students from the University of Barcelona block off the Diagonal, the big avenue that runs across the whole city, generating traffic chaos.

At the same time everyone even vaguely connected with the #spanishrevolution movement starts receiving messages to go to Plaza Catalonia by 7pm --with saucepans and spoons for a cacerolazo (pot banging protest).

Result? By 8.30pm the square is full of up to 10,000 people and the “indignants” are re-establishing their camp. Enormous enthusiasm for victory over the idiots!

Protest gatherings and marches in solidarity with Barcelona (and Lleida, where a similar “clean up” took place) now explode in towns across Catalonia and Spain.

A petition demanding Puig’s resignation has already gathered 10,000 signatures. All the other parties start to criticise the government’s action.

http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/47731


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Footage of the huge May 15 demonstration in Madrid.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZ55PC-ElSE&feature=player_embedded#at=31

 

Footage of the police attack on Plaza Catalonia (Barcelona) and the resistance.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtaNg8c8OtU&feature=player_embedded

 

Footage of protesters retaking Plaza Catalonia.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_QsnWfctRQ&feature=player_embedded

 


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We have broken the silence: Fresh from Madrid, an interview with a member of the Communications team of Real Democracy NOW!

Anthony Barnett and Beatriz Pérez, 30 May 2011

This interview with Beatriz Pérez took place in the early morning of Thursday 26 May in English with additions from an interview she gave to radio Una linea sobre el mar (thanks to simultaneous translation by Mayte Carrasco). It was checked and finalised by Beatriz on Saturday 28 May.

How are you feeling?

Tired but happy. I feel I am living in history, that I am part of something really important: that is bringing hope to people, that gives you a real feeling of doing something worthy that you need to fight for. I want to explain how I have been very moved, it is like a collective act of love, as if the universe has given me a present.

Everyone wants change from what we have. It is in the nature of being human that we should. I had been worried about the silence of Spanish society. But what could anyone do?  We needed to express ourselves as citizens, but how? To assume our proper nature we had to break the silence....

http://www.opendemocracy.net/anthony-barnett-beatriz-p%C3%A9rez/we-have-...

 


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Spaniards force French Embassy closure

Mon May 30, 2011 6:17PM

The French consulate in Barcelona has been forced to close its doors after about 20 protesters of the M-15 movement prevented the staff from entering the building.

The protesters said on Monday they were acting in solidarity with the French protesters people who called for an end to corruption and unemployment, and were dispersed by police from Place de la Bastille in Paris over the weekend.

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Spain's M-15 movement has inspired other European countries as well.

Hundreds of Parisians on Sunday took part in a protest rally at the Bastille Square, calling for a popular democratic uprising among Europeans, while some 20,000 Greek protesters gathered near the parliament building in Athens with the same call....

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/182472.html

 

(..edit to add what was happening at the bastille)

Video report on the forceful evacuation of peaceful gathering at the Bastille:

http://blog.p2pfoundation.net/the-education-of-the-french-citizens-movement-at-the-bastille-may-29th/2011/05/31

 


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Is the current left-wing government in Spain particularly unpopular, or is it simply a result of the backlash that a governing party inevitably feels when a country's economy tanks?


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Aristotleded24 wrote:

Is the current left-wing government in Spain particularly unpopular, or is it simply a result of the backlash that a governing party inevitably feels when a country's economy tanks?

..this is why or at least it's my understanding of why. the cost of bank bailouts and shock doctrine.


Spain austerity plan scrapes through parliament

By Sonya Dowsett

Reuters) - Spain's governing Socialists won approval for a 15 billion euro ($18.4 billion) austerity package by a single vote on Thursday, but the narrowness of the victory raised doubts over the government's ability to steer the country through an economic crisis.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2010/05/27/us-spain-idUSTRE64Q54T20100527

 

..for an analysis there's this:

http://michael-hudson.com/2011/05/eu-politics-financialized-economies-privatized/

 


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Aristotleded24 wrote:

Is the current left-wing government in Spain particularly unpopular, or is it simply a result of the backlash that a governing party inevitably feels when a country's economy tanks?

The current government of Spain is left-wing in name only.  It isn't even "Socialist" in theory.  It is unpopular precisely because it responded to the current crisis exactly as a right-wing government would have (and more or less as the "NDP" government of Saskatchewan did in the 1990's).  The right-wing opposition party will probably win the next Spanish general election and carry on the austerity program, although slightly more brutally.  Thus, Spain is going into a political vacuum in which the working-class and the impoverished will have no expression of their views and no way to work for their own interests other than some form of direct action in the streets.  Party politics will be useless to such people for years to come, if not forever.  The longer this situation goes on(and it's likely that several Popular Party governments could win by default in such a vacuum, given that there will be no reason to vote for the "Socialists" unless you're a middle-class moneygrubber who likes the idea of change of government in name only), it will grow more and more likely that the Popular Party will revert to its Falangist roots to preserve order, using brute force to suppress dissent.  In all liklihood, the "Socialist" official opposition will cheer them on in this.  Long live the glorious era or right-wing social democracy.


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..spain election happened on may 25th and the conservatives are now in power. it's not that the conservative vote increased but that people did not vote for the so called socialist. they voted for smaller parties. in fact the voter turnout increased. i can't remember where i read this but will find it again and post it.

..the outcome of all this is no way clear as the eu is now talking about easing up on it's demands because of the spanish resistance. it's not going to help though as fight back is both building and linking up all across europe with the demand for democracy front and center.

 


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Correction:  the election on May 25th was for local governments in Spain.  The "Socialists" are still in power nationally, for whatever that may be worth.

I did hear that parties to the left of the Socialists did make some gains.


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..txs ken, i stand corrected.


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No biggie. 

What I'm wondering is, will this bring Spain's anarchist tradition back to life? 


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ken:

..i'm seeing a really diverse movement/s that can't help but embrace anarchist elements but i don't see it as an anarchist movement. if you read comments from some of the "leaders" of it's something new and surprising.  

..not sure if this makes sense but i'm thinking watch and learn because i believe young people here are not so far off. i remember the battle in seattle that took everyone by surprise. that was because there were no "leaders". young people came from all over that had been actively involved in small environmental / political / local groups. they were off the political radar so to speak. not mired in political debate but very diverse, decentralized and democratic..ready to work with others and put themselves on the line.


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The police brutally attempt to dislodge the peaceful occupaton of plaze Cataluna in Barcelona, on May 27th.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fiW-NesA-YM&feature=player_embedded#at=321

 


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Minimum Requests of #acampadabcn #spanishrevolution#15m

-TRANSLATION- (Originally posted at http://acampadabcn.wordpress.com/demandes/ consulted 31 May 2011 17:00 )

Minimum Requests

In Barcelona several documents are being written collectivly, they collect the wisdom and the contributions of hundreds of people. These documents speak about the different levels in which we operate to bring change. They are all documents in progress, open and in constant improvement.

This is document is only one of them.

Specialized subcommittees have been created to produce content with the aim to add more specific documents to this first one.

We are changing the world. Completely.

1 – No more privileges for politicians, starting with those in Barcelona:

Drastic reduction of the politicians salary of the drastic political to put them at the same level of the populationś average salary

Removal of their privileges on tax payments, allowances, pension contributions (In Barcelona only this would save at least half a million euros a month).

Prohibition of pension set above the maximum pension for the rest of the citizens.

Removal their legal immunity for corruption cases. Dismisal of the corrupt politicians.

2 – No more privileges for bankers:

- Prohibition of any rescue or capital injection to banks or any actions for saving banks: entities in distress must fail or be nationalized to became a public bank under social control.

- Immediat and transparent return to the public coffers of all public capital provide to banks

- Regulation of speculation and sanctions for poor banking practices. Prohibition on investment in fiscal paradises.

- All properties acquired by foreclosures, should be rented in social regime to evicted families....

http://15mayrevolution.wordpress.com/2011/06/01/minimum-requests-of-acampadabcn-spanishrevolution-15m/


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ALERT:

..this site is well worth sorting through to quickly understand that there really is a revolution going on. You can see this by the photos alone. narry a word about it in msm.

Protests planned worldwide for the next days (updated):

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      • Thursday, June 2nd

PERUGIA:  20:00, Piazza IV Novembre

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      • Friday, June 3rd

BRESCIA: 20.00, Piazza Loggia

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        • Barcelona. Catalunya Square occupation continues.
        • Madrid. Sol Square occupation continues.
        • P A R I S. Bastille Square occupation continues.
        • London. Trafalgar Square occupation continues.
        • Athens.  Syntagma Square occupation continues.
        • Lisbon, Oporto and Coimbra square occupations continue.

http://15mayrevolution.wordpress.com/

 

 


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Published on Friday, June 3, 2011 by CommonDreams.org

Camp Sol: Spain's "Indignant" Give Lessons in True Democracy by María Carrión

MADRID, Spain -- The crowd of three thousand sat patiently on the hard pavement of the plaza as the fourth hour of the popular assembly came and went. The issue was whether Camp Sol, a protest that had persevered for two weeks in Madrid's main square known as Puerta del Sol, would dismantle or stay on. Protesters were exhausted from living on the streets; there had been a few cases of harassment and tensions between groups; the infrastructure of the camp was fragile; electricity was scarce. The camp's legal team had kept police at bay but there were no guarantees that it would remain that way (a similar camp in Barcelona had been attacked by police the day before). And even if those problems were resolved, how much longer did it make sense to occupy this enormous public space? Had the movement consolidated enough to dismantle its most visible and symbolic gathering?

Camp Sol, MadridA slight, young woman addressed the crowd. Trembling from nerves but with fire in her voice, she said other camps were springing up like wildflowers all over the country. She had come from the western region of Extremadura, where protesters in different cities were sleeping under the night sky, prevented by authorities from pitching tents. "Our survival depends on Camp Sol," she begged. "If Sol disappears, the police will dissolve our camp and all the others in Spain." As the moderator was about to take another comment his telephone rang: after a few seconds, he told the gathering that thousands of students in Paris who had gathered at the Bastille in solidarity with the Madrid protest were being gassed by police. Many in the crowd vowed to head for the French embassy after the assembly (protesters in Barcelona remained at the French consulate all night blocking the entrance and it was forced to stay closed for most of the following day)....

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/03-1

 


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Spain’s 15-M protests and the politics of “autonomy”

By Robert Stevens
3 June 2011

Protesters in Madrid’s Puerta Del Sol square in Madrid have insisted to World Socialist Web Site reporters that the demonstrations by “los indigandos” have “no leadership” and are organised by “autonomous” collectives, commissions and assemblies. Above all, they stress, no parties should dominate over “the movement”.

However, there are political tendencies at work in every spontaneous movement. The issue is, what social forces do the various tendencies represent and what direction will they impart?

The insistence on “no politics” finds traction because of the widespread hostility to the major parties, including the ruling Socialist Workers Party of Spain (PSOE) and the Stalinist-led United Left. But its effect is to provide a political amnesty for these parties—and to facilitate the activities of various fake left groups whose overarching aim is to prevent any political challenge to the domination of the PSOE and the trade union bureaucracy....

http://www.wsws.org/articles/2011/jun2011/spai-j03.shtml

 


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Camp Sol: Spain's "Indignant" Give Lessons in True Democracy by María Carrión

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Thus ended one of the many assemblies that have become the life force behind Spain's blossoming popular uprising. The decision-making mechanism is far from new: older folks here nod their heads remembering the hours spent in their youth trying to reach consensus. But Spain's young people have managed to transfix society and confound an out-of-touch political élite with their level of organization and ability to rapidly spread to other neighborhoods, cities and even countries. They do not speak the language of politicians and reject vertical models of organization. They reach decisions through consensus. They listen. They are inclusive. And what they seek is a profound transformation, one that transcends political parties and traditional methods of government; they envision a system that brings grassroots democracy rooted in the communities. Their weapons are their words and the social media networks.

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The seeds sown by Camp Sol are the assemblies and open mike sessions that have spread to hundreds of neighborhoods, towns and villages across Spain. Although there is a prevalence of young people, the movement is increasingly attracting older folks ranging from families with children to middle-aged professionals and retirees -- all deeply affected by the deep economic crisis and the government's austerity measures. Young "Indignants" in other cities such as Paris, Athens, Buenos Aires, Bogotá and Brussels have supported the movement with protests of their own. Organizers hope these assemblies will take over once the main camp is dismantled. Unemployment, social injustice, lack of true democracy, declining social services, rising costs of education and corruption are just some of the topics they debate.

"I am here to say that if the police takes my son away I will take his place, and so will many other mothers," said Gloria Agulló, a 63 year-old woman at a recent open mike session. "He has graduated from university and obtained a Masters degree but has not been able to find work in two years. Where else should he be, but here in Sol reclaiming his future?"

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/03-1


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INTERNATIONAL AGENDA

Protests planned worldwide for the next days (updated):

Barcelona. Catalunya Square occupation continues.

Madrid. Sol Square occupation continues.

P A R I S. Bastille Square massive gathering on 12th June.

London. Trafalgar Square occupation continues.

Bruxelles. Carre de Moscou and Flagey Square occupation continue.

Athens. Syntagma Square occupation continues.

Oporto and Coimbra square occupations continue.

Lisbon square evicted by police using violence on 4th June, a new gathering planed for 19th June.

June 7, 2011

The 15-M Prepares for the Post-camping Era

The 15-M Prepares for the Post-camping Era, #spanishrevolution, #acampadasol, #europeanrevolution, #ukrevolution, #greekrevolution, #frenchrevolution,

The member associations of 15-M now prepare for the post-camping era. Leading up to the temporary eviction of Barcelona and Lleida, they experienced a gradual decrease in the number of participants and media attention. After this episode, in spite of the present upturn, they know they will again lose supporters. However, they believe that the movement has to continue and they are already preparing the strategy: they propose a European mobilization at the end of June, the creation of a wikiparliament to formalize proposals, the development of Democracy 4.0 and the extension of the movement in networks through the suburbs and smaller cities.

Quote: The political intervention in Catalonia has revived the protests. This already happened in Granada at the beginning of the election campaign. The greater the political presence, the more protesters in the camps. Yet the members of 15-M are conscious that the near future will hold a decrease in demonstrators until the dissolution of the camps. Nevertheless, they don’t want the lack of presence in the streets to mean the end of this unprecedented movement.

The Laboratory of Political Ideas and Practice of the Pablo de Olavide University in Seville has welcomed the movement because, according to professor of Philosophy of Law Rafael Rodríguez, it is necessary to “create links and synergies” to facilitate the elaboration of proposals for social transformation. In the setting of this laboratory, Law graduate Francisco Jurado, member of 15-M and one of the founders of coordinating committee of Democracia Real Ya (Real Democracy Now), has explained how they are planning the future....

Wikiparliament. The methodology for decision-making in this assembly setting is still in debate. One of the ideas being considered is to create...

http://15mayrevolution.wordpress.com/2011/06/07/the-15-m-prepares-for-the-post-camping-era/

 


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June 6, 2011

Translation of the conclusions of Manuel Castells on May 27 at the #AcampadaBCN #spanishrevolution#15M

Translation of the conclusions of the speach in Spanish of the sociologist Manuel Castells, professor at Berkeley University (California) and researcher at the Open University of Catalonia (UOC), on May 27 at the # AcampadaBCN – Plaza of Catalonia – to support the camps around the world and enumerate the conditions necessary to achieve real democratic change. Short version of the conference (in Spanish) http://www.vilaweb.tv/?video=6848 Complete version (47 minutes) http://www.vilaweb.tv/?video=6847

Fearful around the world, but united in the Web”

We are in a society where everything needs to be fast, but when we arrive at home we colapse. Therefore we should do what we want to do, like for instances create a new democracy, but slowly. Nobody is in a hurry, we have to make history, there is not need to rush. Others can run, we don’t, because we are advancing systematically. If not we will become the rabbit from Alice in Wonderland, running always with the clock. My long experience in social movements, starting with the May of 68 in Paris, where I participated actively, tells me that what we are living here, and in 706 camps more around the world, has substance, has roots, and whatever forms it takes and whatever will happen, this movement will continue. It will attempt to bring profund changes. Precisly because it is a movement of people not of organisations. People are neither created nor destroyed, only transformed. But is not going to be easy. When the powers that be realise what is going on is serious (because for the moment they don’t believe this is serious), they will react. And they will react probably violently because there are too many interests at stake. That is why it is essential that this process be slow and profund to reconstruct democracy. It must also have non-violence as a fundamental principal, which is already expressed and put into practice....

http://15mayrevolution.wordpress.com/2011/06/06/translation-of-the-concl...

 

 


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June 8, 2011 General Assemby in Madrid decides to end its Occupation, but continue the struggle

#spanishrevolution, #ukrevolution, #acampadasol, #greekrevolution, #europeanrevolution

The M-15 movement in Madrid has decided tonight, after a four hour long general assembly that it will end its occupation of ‘La Puerta de Sol’ (main square in Madrid) on Sunday the 12th of June. The way in which this process will be carried out will continue to be debated and it is likely that a small permanent information office will remain. The movement will also continue to hold daily general assemblies in the square and it acknowledged that some people may decide to continue the occupation as individuals.

The reasons given for ending the occupation are varied. It is partly to address the growing problems associated with the camp, in regards to security and hygiene. However, more importantly it is part of strategy for decentralizing expanding the movement. This has already began, with a national day of action planned for the 19th of June and the creation of popular assemblies in hundreds of suburbs and communities all over Spain. The occupation is currently in its 24th day and the M-15 movement has vowed to continue its struggle for  participatory democracy and social justice.

http://15mayrevolution.wordpress.com/2011/06/08/general-assemby-in-madri...


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Why we need a European Revolution

by Jérôme E. Roos on June 2, 2011

The mass protests currently sweeping through Europe are truly unprecedented and historical both in their creative and non-violent character and in their immense geographical spread. The oncoming exacerbation of the eurozone debt crisis — Paul Krugman yesterday warned that meltdown is imminent and that it’s “time to panic” — will only serve as fuel on the fire of this budding European protest movement.

Yet however inspiring this continental quest for real democracy is, it’s also worrisome to consider its possible fate. Yes, we have plenty of revolutionaries now, and yes, for the first time in decades we have a genuinely revolutionary movement here in Europe. Yet we have no revolution, and at this pace, we won’t have one anytime soon.

The reason is that while we have a movement, the movement has no direction. While we have plenty of ideals, these ideals are not yet embedded within clearly defined ideas. At times, it seems like the the epic clusterfuck within which we currently find ourselves has paralyzed us. Where on earth do we begin to unravel the Gordian knot?

The easiest place to start, logically, has been at the grassroots. In a beautiful irony, occupying city squares has become at once our last resort and our first step. Driven both by despair at the state of our world and by hope for a better future, we are all a bit like Antonio Gramsci, who famously subscribed to “pessimism of the intellect and optimism of the will.”....

http://roarmag.org/2011/06/spanish-greek-european-revolution/

 


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Lessons from Spain's Camp Sol and the 'Indignant' movement

Quote: If we want change to happen, we're going to need a critical mass of people who will push for it. We need to be brutally honest with ourselves about the ways that our actions and our rhetoric often make creating that critical mass more difficult. Demonstrating that social justice movements are about the birth of something more beautiful is the best alternative, and Madrilenos did that in the Puerta del Sol.

Now we must hope that the decision to dismantle the city doesn't cause fragmentation in the movement, and undo some of the good work that has been done. And pass along the messages of del Sol in our own communities.


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Police attack protesters in #Valencia as protests continue throughout #Spain – #spanishrevolution #europeanrevolution#vlcsinmiedo

June 9, 2011

Today at 1.30pm the spanish national police attacked protesters who had been occupying the steps of parliament since last night. There have been 11 injuries and at least 4 arrests. Maria Guillem, aged 42, received a facial injury and had to be taken away in an ambulance. She stated “I don’t know what happened, the police arrived and pushed me to the ground”. The protest is part of the M-15 movement, which is demanding a more participatory democracy and social justice. Today the provincial government and its ministers, many who are facing corruption charges were celebrating the constitution. Hundreds of protests in Valencia continue to occupy the streets chanting “No more votes for the corrupt politicians” and “they call this democracy and it is not!” Similar protests started last night with 2000 people occupying the steps of parliament in Madrid.

http://15mayrevolution.wordpress.com/2011/06/09/police-attack-protests-in-valencia-as-protest-continue-throughout-spain/

 


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Real Democracy Now! Canada

This is an appeal to every politically engaged person in Canada.  Whether you are a progressive, socialist, conservative, liberal, anarchist, environmentalist, activist, etc., we are calling on you to begin the process of democratic consensus building.  Currently the voice of the people remains fragmented and divided.  As a result, we are collectively devoid of any meaningful influence in the political process. 

 

Many of us adhere to a political ideology, or belong to a political organization, while a great number of others consider themselves to be apolitical and disinterested.  We are all, however, affected by the political and economic reality that exists around us.

 

Real Democracy Now - Canada, is not a political party.  We do not follow a particular ideology, or adhere to any party line.  We exist to facilitate the establishment of a broad based federation of political groups and individuals capable of mobilizing for meaningful change.  We are inviting EVERY person to come together as citizens; to discuss, debate, and ultimately, to form a democratic consensus on the political issues that affect us all.  Only by doing this will we be able to overcome the fragmentation that has for so long left us paralysed, voiceless, and unable to develop a political force capable of challenging the current hegemonic political paradigm. 

 

This is not a call for passive affiliation and collaboration between organizations.  This a call to commence debate, to open dialog, and to utilize direct democracy in order to arrive at mutually agreed upon consensus.

 

This message is addressed to EVERYONE; workers, students, the unemployed, teachers, lawyers, professors, activists; anyone who feels underrepresented by the current political order.  No longer can we allow the politicians and media to speak for us, it is time for us to discover what the true values and needs of Canadians are, and to mobilize and fight for what we believe in.

 

Let us join the millions around the world who are fighting to build a better future.

 

Divided we fall, united we stand.

Together we can change the world.  

 

If you or your organization are interested in participating in this great democratic endeavour, please contact us by sending an email to realdemocracynowcanada@gmail.com.

 

CANADA -

www.facebook.com/realdemocracynowcanada

 

QUEBEC -

http://www.facebook.com/pages/MONTR%C3%89AL-POUR-UNE-R%C3%89ELLE-D%C3%89MOCRATIE/221433101208736

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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By the way, thank you for starting this thread, providing all this great information and keeping us all updated on these developments. This is something we have to organize in Canada. Cheers. 


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This is a global movement folks. Current Real Democracy Now groups active around the world. 

 

EUROPE

European Revolution http://on.fb.me/kXW53A

Albania 

Albanian Revolution for Democracy http://on.fb.me/kFUge1 

Austria 

Echte Demokratie jetzt http://on.fb.me/k9rEDO 

Belgium 

Democracia Real YA - Bruselas http://on.fb.me/lefZDw

Réelle Démocratie Maintenant ! BELGIUM http://on.fb.me/lwDoeh

Czech Republic

Czech Revolution http://on.fb.me/krTd52

CZ Česko - Skutečná Demokracie TEĎ http://on.fb.me/ikzd5k

Denmark

Democracia Real Ya! Copenhague http://on.fb.me/m3BWHA

France               

REELLE DEMOCRATIE MAINTENANT http://on.fb.me/ivTOaO

Opération Révolution France http://on.fb.me/mkU2wT

List by city: http://reelledemocratie.fr/?page_id=199

Germany 

Echte Demokratie jetzt http://on.fb.me/k9rEDO

Democracia Real Ya - German Events  http://on.fb.me/l31DyB

Greece

Αγανακτισμενοι Στο Συνταγμα http://on.fb.me/lAvUYJ 

ΠΡΑΓΜΑΤΙΚΗ ΔΗΜΟΚΡΑΤΙΑ ΤΩΡΑ! http://on.fb.me/myVWTM

Ireland

Call for a revolution in Ireland http://on.fb.me/iYGS0l

Italy

Italian Revolution - Democrazia reale ora http://on.fb.me/kOXhZi

Portugal

Portuguese Revolution http://on.fb.me/k8p7T2

Democracia Verdadeira, JÁ  http://on.fb.me/lGuVSj

Slovakia

European Revolution - Slovensko http://on.fb.me/iJTDqI

Spain

Democracia real YA http://on.fb.me/lOd8Hf

Spanish Revolution http://on.fb.me/igHMC5

Acampada en Sol http://on.fb.me/jfFnbu

United Kingdom

Democracia Real Ya Londres http://on.fb.me/kRJjP3 

UK Revolution - Real Democracy Now http://on.fb.me/lZVZXa

 

SOUTH AMERICA

Argentina

Democracia Real Ya, Argentina http://on.fb.me/kRSJOV

Revolución Global YA - Argentina http://on.fb.me/looSES

¡Democracia Real YA! Buenos Aires http://on.fb.me/iqSnuE

Brazil

Democracia Real Brasil http://on.fb.me/l1kJu9

Democracia Real Já, Brasil http://on.fb.me/iv5wSl

Chile

DEMOCRACIA REAL YA !! CHILE http://on.fb.me/kbzAQh

Peru

Democracia Real YA PERÚ http://on.fb.me/ivXtw7

Venezuela

Democracia real ya, Venezuela http://on.fb.me/jS5yim

 

NORTH AMERICA

Canada

Real Democracy Now! Canada  http://on.fb.me/mQLI9a

#MONTRÉAL : POUR UNE RÉELLE DÉMOCRATIE http://on.fb.me/ioWSNh

Mexico

¡DEMOCRACIA REAL YA! México http://on.fb.me/ijvQ9u

Puerto Rico

Democracia real YA - Puerto Rico http://on.fb.me/jBJEB1

United States

Boston http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_146761712061535

Miama http://www.facebook.com/pages/Democracia-Real-Ya-Miami/124955787586525

AFRICA

 

Afrikan Revolution  http://on.fb.me/jdJexl

AFRICA REVOLUTION http://on.fb.me/k6TVnK

 

 


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